Museum Illustrated 1960s Sybil Connolly "Cream Puff" Silk Dress
Sybil Connolly pieces are very rare things to find and this particular dress with its museum held illustration that gives us the name of the dress is a treat. The Hunt Museum in Limerick, Ireland has a large collection of her sketches and the original sketch for this piece, named "Cream Puff" is one of them. The notes that accompany the sketch state:
A full-length dress with a centre seam running from neck to hem. There is a round, plain neckline. The sleeves are fitted to elbow and then flare out with bias cut fabric lined with lace. There is a bow detail at the end of the sleeve where the bell-like cuffs are attached.
Connolly was known for creating haute couture from Irish textiles, particularly finely pleated linen, but she also worked with textiles like this textured silk. She held first major show in 1953 and launched her couture label in 1957. Elizabeth Taylor and Jacqueline Kennedy were clients and her brand was highly sought after. The dress is as described with the exception of the sleeve inserts, which on this dress are made of hand rolled and finished silk organza. Four full layers of the silk has been hand cut and placed inside the sleeves so that when you move you get this remarkable effect of both color, texture and volume. The color is remarkable color - a hand dyed pink salmon that is bright and true. The shoulders and upper arms are cut slim and then dress widens as it nears the hem. Really a fantastic gown and highly collectible. Excellent condition
Lined in a fine pink silk and closed with a back painted metal zipper. Written tape tag that has faded but seems to hold the fabric content (silk) and perhaps the date and name of the dress. Hand done throughout.
Shoulders: no defined seam
Bust: 19.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 15.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: 21.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: 54" from neck to hem
Modern Sizing Equivalent: SML-MED
Reference Photo: Photocopy of design sketch, "Cream Puff", by Sybil Connolly from The Hunt Museum.
This garment has been professionally cleaned, pressed and is odor free. Thoroughly checked over before shipping, it will be ready to wear upon arrival.